Physics and Chemistry of the Purcell's Alignment


Paramagnetic alignment of suprathermally rotating grains is discussed in view of recent progress in understanding subtle processes taking place over grain surface. It is shown that in typical ISM conditions, grains with surfaces of amorphous H 2 O ice, defected sili-cate or polymeric carbonaceous material are likely to exhibit enhanced alignment, while those of aromatic carbonaceous material or graphite are not. The critical grain sizes and temperature for the Purcell's alignment are obtained and preferential alignment of large grains is established.

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@inproceedings{Lazarian2008PhysicsAC, title={Physics and Chemistry of the Purcell's Alignment}, author={Alexandre Lazarian and Damtp}, year={2008} }